TRAGIC LOSS: Mick Kelso with wife Angie and children Charlie, Ollie and Bodhi.
TRAGIC LOSS: Mick Kelso with wife Angie and children Charlie, Ollie and Bodhi. Contributed

'It was a pleasure and privilege to have him in my life'

KERRY Smyth fought back tears as she remembered her cheeky, fun-loving and outgoing nephew Mick Kelso following his tragic death on New Year's Eve.

"It was a pleasure and privilege to have him in my life," Kerry said.

"He was a big man with an even bigger personality who was committed to living life to its fullest."

A devoted family man and dedicated teacher, Mick was brought up in Rockhampton before moving with his family to Brisbane in 2017.

The 38-year-old had been visiting a friend on the Sunshine Coast before he was killed when hit by a car at Mountain Creek at 12.30am on Monday.

Mick was married to Angie for 11 years and had three children - Oliver, 9, Charlie, 7, and Bodhi, 3.

 

Mick Kelso pictured with his aunt and Victoria Park Gymnastics and Trampoline Club head coach Kerry Smyth at an awards ceremony in 2001.
Mick Kelso pictured with his aunt and Victoria Park Gymnastics and Trampoline Club head coach Kerry Smyth at an awards ceremony in 2001. CONTRIBUTED

Kerry was still coming to terms with the tragedy yesterday, and said the family was feeling "indescribable grief".

She said Mick and his children were in Rockhampton just a week before Christmas to visit his parents, Karyn and Michael Snr.

"Mick was a fabulous kid," Kerry said.

"He was my first nephew and I can still remember the day he was born and the excitement of him coming home from hospital.

"My eldest son Jason and Mick were born just 12 days apart so Karyn and I basically carried them together.

"Our boys all grew up together. They were very close cousins and I have beautiful memories of our family holidays.

"Even though they grew up and their paths changed you wouldn't have known it when they were together, they were as thick as thieves."

Kerry is head coach of Victoria Park Gymnastic and Trampoline Club, which Mick joined as a 12-year-old.

 

Mick Kelso and his wife of 11 years, Angie Kelso.
Mick Kelso and his wife of 11 years, Angie Kelso. Contributed

She posted a beautiful tribute on the club's Facebook page yesterday, remembering the impact the gifted sportsman had made - and left - on the club.

"Michael with his siblings Damien and Liam were huge identities at our club and in the sport of trampolining from 1993, high achievers on the competitive arena and equally high contributors to our club culture as members and coaches.

"As an athlete Mick was a state and national champion and represented Queensland and Australia very proudly.

"He was a very popular personality among both fellow trampolinists and team officials alike. Everyone loved him and couldn't get enough of the big fella.

"It was nothing for Michael to push the tramp bed down to touch the floor, leaving bruising marks on his back or chest to prove the impact on contact with the concrete floor.

"Many times there'd be a loud cracking noise and fiercely fast flying piece of spring whizzing past me when Michael's bounce would break a spring or two.

"This never discouraged Mick, his enthusiasm and commitment was matched by his ability as he learnt skill after skill."

Kerry said Mick had left a lasting impression on so many people. "Through his children, Michael will still walk in our world and our love and memories for him will be often shared," she wrote.



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